Buyers Guide to Workshop Tools

Whether it's tinkering with a bike or rebuilding a car, a fully-stocked garage is a must for any aspiring mechanic who fancies getting stuck into a bit of engineering. Here's our guide to workshop tools, and a few must-haves to get you started.

Hand tools

If you've got no desire to get stuck into odd-jobs and DIY, but still need a handy adjustable spanner for the important motoring jobs, then a handful of individual tools may be a good option. From spanners to pliers, we've got the small jobs covered.

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Tool kits

If you're looking to expand your DIY repertoire, then our tool kits will definitely come in handy at some point. From a set of hex keys for tweaking your bike's settings to comprehensive kits packed with hundreds of helpful tools for dismantling and rebuilding cars, we've got everything you could possibly need, all in one handy tool kit!

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Socket sets

One of our best sellers, our famous socket sets are the perfect choice for both enthusiasts and serious mechanics. With some sets offering the basics and others covering every size of nut imaginable, you'll even find socket sets that include ratcheting spanners, grips and screwdriver bits.

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Metal storage and tool chests

If you've bought individual tools or need somewhere to store your odds and ends, then you can't go wrong with some additional workshop storage. We stock a range of tool chests, tool boxes and cabinets suitable for garages and workshops of all sizes, as well as cabinet bundles for endless workshop organisation - no more hunting for missing components or tripping over loose tools!

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Our Halfords Advanced tool chests are packed with great features, including a clamshell lid with built-in phone charger, soft-close drawers and a three-year guarantee. They,re great for engineers of all skill level and you'll be able to store hundreds of hand tools.

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Tool boxes

If you''re always on the go or don't have space for a huge tool chest, then a simple tool box will offer you the same organisation without clogging up storage space.

Jacks and axle stands

Whether it's checking your tyres for wear and tear, or worse, changing your wheel thanks to a puncture, then you'll need a way of lifting your car off the ground. We stock jacks for different vehicle types and weights, as well as axle stands to support the weight of your vehicle while you're working on it. Remember to check your vehicle's weight before you buy any jacks or axle stands (you'll find your vehicle's weight in your owner's manual) and always use wheel chocks to prevent your vehicle from moving.

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The best workshop tools brands


Phaze tools are perfect for enthusiasts or DIYers who need a handy selection of tools for smaller motoring jobs. They're recommended for entry-level users and offer superb value for money.

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Our range of tools contains pretty much everything that a keen DIYer will need to do most of the jobs on their car. You'll get a mix of premium quality and good value, as well as compatibility with other Halfords tools and accessories, e.g. additional drawers for tool chests and interlocking storage cabinets.

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Halfords Advanced tools

Our top-level tools and our flagship tool brands, Halfords advanced are designed by tool experts, for tool experts. From premium materials to innovative and helpful design features, these tools are great for professionals, as well as enthusiasts who just love high quality workshop tools!

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